The pot has not come to a boil yet. The weather has been too warm for a Big Fire.
But this is the color I like. after 2 hours it was pale yellow. Over night it deepened. The copper kettle also changes the color and after a few days it turns a bit greenish. I will build a Big Fire tonight when it turns cold. Heating the pot everyday defeats the mold.
I keep adding Pom skins to the bag. The man eats 2 a day. After a few days I will remove the bag. Make some room in that pot. Dye some patchwork. Got some more ideas about that. Ha!
So here we are. We got leaves of many colors. And warmth. Many young squirrels.
And then continued troubles with Typepad. A lot of back and forth as they kindly spend time trying to find out why. And I patiently do the same. If I need to move, I will simply start over somewhere else. That would be a trip after all this time.
This is Nick. Young Nick. He is very frisky. And very friendly. The peanuts are probably encouraging that.
Meanwhile, September's dyepo(e)t got away from me. And the thoughts that were forming set aside.
But now they are back. And they are really some continuing things from when I was considering color a while back. I think I will say a few things about that...
Today there is rain, welcomed for it's been so dry.
Impressed by the beauty of the day, I went walking early in the damp air.
Raspberries in October. These are new bushes, just maturing. Gifted local cuttings. It seems odd that they are fruiting now. Usually now is the time for pruning. They had small fruit all summer but now, wow. Maybe the birds are confused too. I found them first. Lots more coming. It's a bit warmer so maybe a few pickings. I thought I picked 9 but I picked 10.
Today's nine is really three threes. But looking at that horizontally. A row of (not exactly) blues. A row of (not exactly) greens. A row of (not exactly) browns. Nine as a place, a landscape. I think it has a sense of that.
Today I also placed the PLACE-KEEPER back in my top menu bar. I am in the process of updating, weeding out inactive blogs and broken links. I plan to keep the list more current. Adding folks that interact here and keep a blog going on a regular basis. Thanks for your patience while I update.
ONE. The squirrels got into my acorn walnut dye soup while I was tidying the studio. Ok.
TWO. Still green here with the first hard frost expected tonight. So...
Hung a flag to help things along. Some October color. Old tie dyed silk scrap by Richard Carbin, like only Richard can do. If you need any vintage silk to dye, he's the man.... I met Richard though Glennis. So there you go. He is in Japan. She goes there often for her Silk Study Tours. On occasion you might find some old silk in her shop as well. Some folks were asking about a source for that. You can buy new silk of course but really I would rather support folks trying to make an honest living to support their families. And really there is nothing like old silk. To Dye for.
THREE. I just unrolled this and named it Feel Free. Naming things for me has a lot to do with the moment. I named it something else before, but today it's Feel Free. I started this one during a teaching series, so I will probably be able to find some old videos and stuff.
But right now, some last minute garden rescue is in order. The Man feels fine, I feel free and the camera issue has been resolved.
But now that Feel Free is open, and many outdoor chores have been completed, I think I can finally roll back into going at a more normal pace.
We spent time mulching through the summer's ivy overgrowth and made paths all over the place. So we could wander in between and still let the wild grow. Soul-o is in heaven.
The reaction to my new open teaching has been warm and welcoming. Thank you. I will just do it all openly, including building the resource, not knowing exactly how it will go but trusting it will become. You, as users, might alert me to anything that is not working over there. WE might make it all OK.
With the season's color change beginning I pulled out a few colored moons I made way back, inspired by the shaped resist I learned from Glennis. These are cotton. I use an over-dye technique, the fabric clamped between two quarters to keep the dye from penetrating, leaving the original color of the fabric in the circle part. Dipped in indigo. The reason this is so good for me is because I have so much small colored commercial scrap here. From working in the textile industry. Some of which I like a lot better when there is just a little bit of it showing. And when I made these I was growing my own indigo. So over-dyeing like this, it makes sense for me. If you start with white cloth, you need to dye twice to achieve this. (Not to mention you might have to go buy cloth). I always like the possibility of having a full spectrum to work with.
I have added a COLOR page to Feel Free. And I have begun to gather some of the audios and videos that relate to that. The RAINBOW has always been part of my reasoning when composing with color. There is a category here on the blog for spectrum/rainbow as well.
So there are walnuts and pomegranates soaking, patchwork waiting to be stitched and color on my mind. And I'll roll into it.It seems, really, to me, that this blog is about to become the never ending Diaries series. And passwords have become a thing of the past. One place. One purpose. What a relief.
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I am focused on patchwork for the time being. Because of it's traditional history, and my own, it is a perfect candidate for redefinition. I hope you will join me in that. Looking at it with new eyes. Oftentimes when you research patchwork, you find the details of a single technique. But patchwork to me is just making something from nothing. Rescuing small pieces and making them useful again. Creating a home for stray cloth. Stray thoughts.
I've also been making a lot of these cornered patches just to play with. Patchwork blocks are components for pieced quilt designs. As scraps are components for blocks. I am also planning on using them as a cloth language system. So they might speak for me. As patchwork. About patchwork.
I started working with variations of this idea in What if Dairies, In a segment on color, they emerged as a concept I called little bits of color. I will be pulling excepts from all my Dairy teachings for Feel Free as I go. Because they were sort of rambling day to day wanderings, there were a lot of seeds planted and now they are growing. Becoming.
A Patchwork of corner ideas then, excerpt from What If Diaries 1-Whispering Color.
Quick indigo dip. This has possibilities. Yes? Some clamped some just dipped. I call the soft edge approach marshmallow shibori. Let me find some old videos as I keep going with this.
Please note, I will not be teaching Indigo Dyeing here. Glennis has an online class for that if you are interested. I learned it from her. Here I will only present ideas on how I might use it in my work. Talk about my relationship to the Magic Blue.
I have had inquiries about hosting a forum where folks can post their work. No, I will not be doing that. But Feel Free to post links to any work you want to share in the comment section of any lesson.